Jewish Learning

 

Shabbat Songs

Live music from OneTable LA's 2018 Hanukkah event. Singing, especially in community, is transformative. It awakens parts of ourselves that may have laid dormant all week long; it makes us feel connected to the people [...]
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HOW TO HYGGE SHABS: ISSA VIBE

Like so many of us, I sometimes struggle to make time for myself, and especially time for Shabbat. I never really had a set Shabbat practice growing up, so though I have a deep love [...]
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Host a Ballot Party Shabbat to Prep for the Polls

We're partnering with BallotReady and MitzVote to help you host your own democracy-informed Shabbat dinner in time for the midterms! Check out the BallotParty Shabbat Guide below. If you need to submit an absentee ballot [...]
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A Sukkah Without Walls

The harvest festival of Sukkot begins on Sunday evening, September 23rd. In addition to celebrating the harvest and connecting us to our agrarian roots, Sukkot is a time to dwell outdoors in temporary “booths,” impermanent [...]
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3 Lessons from Shabbat on the Farm

1. Start with great seasonal ingredients, and build a menu from there. For this Shabbat on the Farm meal, we asked the farmers what they had ready to harvest, what they had lots of, and [...]
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Hand Washing Blessing (Netilat Yadayim) Audio

If you’re up for it, there is an opportunity between the rituals of sanctification (wine blessing - Kiddush) and nourishment (challah blessing - Motzi), to invite your guests to get up. The practice of hand [...]
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Wine Blessing (Kiddush) Audio

Pretty much all Jewish ceremonies and celebrations involve wine, and Shabbat dinner is no exception. But ritual doesn’t exist for the sake of itself, it exists to accomplish something, almost like an ancient form of [...]
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Blessing Over Bread (Motzi) Audio

In the ancient near east, if there wasn’t bread on the table it wasn’t a meal, and as a result the Jewish sages viewed bread as the primary source of nourishment, both literally and spiritually. [...]
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